Friday book review – A Midsummer Tights Dream by Louise Rennison

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 17th February 2012

Once described as “Enid Blyton meets Cosmo Girl,” Louise Rennison’s books are hilarious romps for teenage girls who love sparkly nail varnish, Topshop and boys.

With their fluorescent covers and wacky titles, Rennison’s stories are snapped up in their millions by fans around the world. Her last novel, Withering Tights, won the 2011 Roald Dahl Funny Prize, set up by writer Michael Rosen to celebrate books that make children laugh.

Withering Tights was the first of a trilogy about an irrepressible teenage heroine called Tallulah Casey, who enrols at Dother Hall, a performing arts college in the wilds of Yorkshire, only to discover that she can’t actually act or sing. Oh, and at first glance there don’t seem to be any boys around either.

Now the second in the series, A Midsummer Tights Dream, is out and it’s just as crazy (and strewn with exclamation marks!!!) as the first. After a barnstorming performance as a comic Heathcliff earned Tallulah a place at Dother Hall for another term, she’s determined to throw herself into the experience with gusto. The trouble is that she’s worried about her gangly legs and her cousin Georgia’s “scoring system for snogging” and her feelings for local bad boy Cain Hinchcliff and whether she’ll ever “climb the ladder of showbiz.” And if all that isn’t enough, it suddenly transpires out that the future of Dother Hall hang in the balance.

Warm-hearted, with snappy dialogue and a clutch of laugh-out-loud jokes, girls aged 12 and over will love it.

A Midsummer Tights Dream by Louise Rennison (HarperCollins, £10.99)

3 comments so far

  • I love the title!

    And I love Dother Hall as a name. That’s got to be a glance at Nicholas Nickleby, without the ‘boys. An ironic name for the college, I suspect.

    It sounds a fun book.

    Liz X

  • It’s a brilliant title, isn’t it, Liz? I know Louise Rennison writes for teenagers but considering I still like Enid Blyton and The Swish of the Curtain and Noel Streatfeild I knew I’d love this too!

  • J’ai adorer le premier tome : “Les Mésaventures de Tallulah Casey” et j’aimerais savoir quand : “A Midsummer Tights Dream” sortiras en français.
    Merci beaucoup

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